Monday, May 17, 2010

Pope Paul VI's Four Primary Predictions About Contraception

Pope Paul VI's made four primary predictions about the consequences of contraception and they are very interesting:
  • a general lowering of moral standards throughout society
  • a rise in infidelity 
  • a lessening of respect for women by men
  • the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments
Here it is in complete detail -- paragraph 17 of Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI

17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.
Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law.
Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.

Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife. 

Limits to Man's Power
Consequently, unless we are willing that the responsibility of procreating life should be left to the arbitrary decision of men, we must accept that there are certain limits, beyond which it is wrong to go, to the power of man over his own body and its natural functions—limits, let it be said, which no one, whether as a private individual or as a public authority, can lawfully exceed. These limits are expressly imposed because of the reverence due to the whole human organism and its natural functions, in the light of the principles We stated earlier, and in accordance with a correct understanding of the "principle of totality" enunciated by Our predecessor Pope Pius XII. (21) 

Pope Paul VI predicted these evils that would ensue from rejecting the doctrine of Christ on the inseparability of the unitive and procreative ends of marriage. We can see that since the 60s these have all come to light.

Another interesting fact: 
Did you know that during the 60s they were also studying a birth control pill for men? 

Out of however many hundreds of men they were testing this on, ONE man's testicles shrunk so they quit the study and to this day there are no oral contraceptives for men. 

But, even though women were having strokes and so on, we can see that the development of oral contraception for women goes on and on!
 Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI  note: The regulation of birth was treated in Humanae vitae July 24, 1968
Biography of Pope Paul VI   Pope from 1963 to 1978 (source: Vatican)
H/T: My dear friend (& mother of my godchild) Angela

1 comment:

Tracy said...

Great post, lots of good information!

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